Santa Cruz’s Historic Seabright Neighborhood

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Santa Cruz Seabright
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A longtime university educator, Traci Bliss most recently taught in the School of Education at Idaho State University. Traci Bliss continues to educate the public as a writer and speaker focused on California’s Santa Cruz County. She recently coauthored a book illuminating the history of Santa Cruz’s Seabright neighborhood.

With a history dating back to the mid-19th century, Seabright is one of Santa Cruz’s most iconic neighborhoods. From the late 1920s to the late 1960s, the area was dominated by the Scholl Marr Castle, a large beachside building that housed a restaurant, snack bar, and other businesses serving visitors to the nearby beach.

Following the demolition of the Scholl Marr Castle in 1967, Seabright transformed from a summer resort area to a year-round neighborhood with some of Santa Cruz’s most popular restaurants and hangout spots. Today, Seabright, which sits between the San Lorenzo River mouth and Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, overlooks the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and features a collection of beach houses, a lively nightlife, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

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